Cover Crop Demo Plots

Three cover crop demo plots were seeded this fall with the help of American Farmland Trust and Illinois Department of Agriculture.

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Accepting Nominations

Beginning December 5, 2014, nominations will be accepted for the two year term of the office of Director of the Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District.  Interested persons must respond by 4:30 p.m. on January 14, 2015.
Director Duties



The Rock Island County SWCD meetings are generally held the first Tuesday of the month.  Check our meeting schedule and join us!


Rock Island County SWCD holds annual fall and spring fish sales.  All proceeds support conservation in Rock Island County.  Click to see sales that are currently underway and place an order online!  Thanks for your support!

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Rock Island County SWCD News and Blog

2014-2015 Cover Crop Demo Plot Locations

Nine different cover crop combinations were planted on Rod Derrer’s farm in Section 16 of Bowling Township. The plot is located ¼ mile east of the corner 134th Ave W and 42nd St W down a small country lane. Signs mark the location. Wheat and straw were harvested and... read more

Summer 2014 Newsletter

Rock Island County SWCD’s Summer 2014 Newsletter is now available!  There is lots of great information for landowners and farm operators in this newsletter!  Download the Summer 2014... read more


The Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a Cover Crop Meeting and Field Tour near Reynolds, on Wednesday, June 25th from 5 to 7. A complimentary meal will be served at 5PM and the program will start at 5:30. The program includes a... read more

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Spring 2014 Newsletter is available for download April 1st Deadline for State Cost-Share Cover Crop Demo Plot and Field Day Other Local Cover Crop Events Tree and Fish Sale Pollinator Native Seed Mix for Sale Flower & Garden Show CRP Mid-Contract Management Crop... read more

Winter 2014 Newsletter

Winter 2014 Newsletter is available for download Newsletter Topics Include: Vegetative Filter Strips and Tax Incentives Cover Crop Demo Plots Farm Show Elections and Associate Directors Volunteers Highlights and Thank Yous from... read more

2014 Spring Tree Sale

Seedlings and containerized trees for conservation are for sale through March 27th. Download the Order Form Here. Pick-up is tentatively scheduled for Thursday April 10th at the Rock Island SWCD Office, 3020 1st Ave E, Milan, IL.  Click here for directions. Directions... read more

2014 Spring Fish Sale

RISWCD will be hosting a fish sale through April 30th (April 21st for Grass Carp) Download the Order Form Here. The pick up date will be Friday, May 9th at 8AM at the Rock Island SWCD Office, 3020 1st Ave E, Milan, IL.  Click here for directions. Directions for... read more

2013 Fall Newsletter

2013 Fall Newsletter Newsletter Topics Include: Cover Crop Demo Plot and Field DAy Associate Directors Tree and Fish Sale Local SWCD Adapts to Shut Down ATV Sealed Bids Outdoor Classroom EQIP Sign Up Rock Island FSA Office-Appts. Required Volunteer... read more